Why Increased Productivity Will Help Your Healthcare System in Organizational Changes

Increasing Productivity Starts Here

According to leadership interviews with the Harvard Business Review, healthcare executives are concerned about the future of their industry. As the United States transitions to a new Presidential administration and Congress, questions about where healthcare systems go from here are brought to the forefront. The consensus of the interviewed executives (associated with Vanderbilt, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Virginia Commonwealth, and the University of Utah): the challenges will be both financially and managerial difficult. To succeed in transforming the healthcare system, it will be necessary … [Read more...]

Doody’s Review Service: 3 out of 4 Stars to The Best Friends™ Approach to Dementia Care, Second Edition

Doody's Review Service Best Friends Approach

Doody's Review is the most highly regarded review service for professional healthcare resources for practitioners, clinicians, and libraries. Health Professions Press is honored to receive 3 stars for The Best Friends™ Approach to Dementia Care, Second Edition by Virginia Bell and David Troxel.   Doody’s Review Service provides extensive tools to allow its subscribers to research titles and keep up-to-date with the latest books and software in the health sciences. To learn more, visit www.doody.com.  … [Read more...]

What Is It Like to Have Alzheimer’s Disease?

What Is It Like to Have Alzheimer's Disease?

What is it like to drive your car from Houston to Anchorage? The answer depends on many things: the type of care you will drive, the age of the car, how well you maintained it, where you are in your trip, if others are helping you with the drive, if you have accepted the fact you must drive to Anchorage, whether or not you are afraid of arriving in Anchorage. What is it like to have Alzheimer's? This, too, depends on many things: Do you have an existing group of individuals who are committed to your well-being? Are you a proactive or a reactive person when it comes to dealing with … [Read more...]

Q&A with Stephen Golant, Ph.D.

Stephen Golant

Q&A with Stephen Golant Author of Aging in the Right Place Stephen Golant, Ph.D. is a professor at the University of Florida (Gainesville). His research focuses on the housing, community, mobility, transportation, and long-term care needs of older adults populations and he writes and lectures extensively on this topic. Known as a expert in aging and housing, he is frequently called on by corporations, universities, state government agencies, and national organizations as a lecturer and adviser. HPP sat down with Dr. Golant to discuss aging in place, and whether it's the right … [Read more...]

Moments Add Up and Make a Difference

Moments Add Up

This blog post has been excerpted and adapted from The Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care, Second Edition, by Virginia Bell and David Troxel. Moments Add Up and Make a Difference We'd like for you to consider the following two scenarios. As you read them, we think you'll begin to see how persons with dementia have many of the same needs that we do and how being a Best Friend can be a powerful tool for supporting quality of life. Scenario 1 Imagine meeting an old friend for lunch and finding your normally upbeat, positive friend in tears. As a friend, how would you respond? You would … [Read more...]

4 Tips to Decrease Bullying

4 tips to decrease bullying

  This post has been adapted from Chapter 4 of Bullying Among Older Adults: How to Recognize and Address an Unseen Epidemic, by Robin Bonifas. People who rarely interact with older adults can often perceive that the population is composed primarily of sweet little grandmas and grandpas who get along well with one another. So it is surprising to learn that bullying behaviors actually occur among older adults—especially in senior programs and senior living facilities. Interventions to address bullying among older adults must consider what older adults themselves have to say … [Read more...]

Ask the Author: Memory Aid Tips from Michelle Bourgeois

Sample font sizes. Excerpt from Memory & Communication Aids for People with Dementia by Michelle Bourgeois.

Memory and Communication Aids for People with Dementia, by Dr. Michelle Bourgeois, is a practical guide of communication and memory aids to significantly improve the ability of people with dementia and related memory impairments to stay connected, engaged, and functioning at their optimal level of independence. With full-color illustrations and simple instructions for creating various memory and communication tools, these evidence-based examples help to provide conversation prompts, answers to common questions, and reminders for daily living. Filled with useful content and formats and more … [Read more...]

The shocking phenomenon of senior bullying

The Shocking Phenomenon of Senior Bullying

When thinking of bullying, most people would picture schoolyard taunts, childish games, perhaps even being pushed and shoved—but certainly nothing that goes beyond grade school. However, new research has shown that bullying is not an experience limited to childhood, but is an epidemic occurring with an alarming frequency among older adults as well. Bullying among peers in senior programs and care settings (such as nursing homes and retirement communities) results in profoundly negative effects on the elders, the staff, and the community in which it is occurring. But little is known about this … [Read more...]

Q&A with Lydia Burdick, author of ‘The Sunshine on My Face’

Lydia Burdick

Q: 10 years ago you wrote the first book in the Two-Lap® Series, The Sunshine on My Face. How did you develop the idea for such a unique book? My mother had mid- to late-stage dementia, and I was feeling frustrated during my visits with her. She would basically sit in the den, have something to eat and drink, and watch TV. Mom wasn't speaking or smiling. We were definitely not doing anything together that brought happiness to either one of us during our visits. One visit, I casually gave my mother a magazine to look at. I wondered how exactly she was using that magazine. Was she actually … [Read more...]

It’s time to revolutionize elder care

Dr. Al Power

Dr. Al Power, award-winning author and internationally renowned geriatrician, opened the 2016 Eden Alternative International Conference with his keynote address focusing on this year's conference theme: It's about time. Always an eloquent speaker, Al presented the audience with four points, all prefaced with, "It's about time we..." Groundbreaking and possibly even controversial, the ideas presented here are entirely person-directed (the absolute core of culture change). Dr. Power presents his ideas with examples of model communities who adopted these practices—across the board, there was an … [Read more...]